Definitions of flue

  1. flat blade- like projection on the arm of an anchor
  2. organ pipe whose tone is produced by air passing across the sharp edge of a fissure or lip
  3. An inclosed passage way for establishing and directing a current of air, gases, etc.; an air passage
  4. A compartment or division of a chimney for conveying flame and smoke to the outer air.
  5. A passage way for conducting a current of fresh, foul, or heated air from one place to another.
  6. Light down, such as rises from cotton, fur, etc.; very fine lint or hair.
  7. In an organ flue pipe, the opening between the lower lip and the languet.
  8. A pipe or passage for conveying flame and hot gases through surrounding water in a boiler; - distinguished from a tube which holds water and is surrounded by fire. Small flues are called fire tubes or simply tubes.
  9. A pipe or passage to convey away smoke, hot air, etc.
  10. A passage for smoke in a chimney, leading from the fireplace to the top of the chimney, or into another passage; a pipe or tube for conveying heat to water in certain kinds of steam boilers; a passage in a wall for the purpose of conducting heat from one part of a building to another.
  11. To expand or splay, as the jambs of a window.
  12. Soft down or fur; very fine hair; flew.
  13. A money of account of Morocco of the value of 1- 12 of a cent.
  14. Chimney or channel for carrying off smoke or gas.
  15. A channel or passage for smoke, air, or gas from a fire; a chimney.
  16. A passage or pipe for conveying away smoke, or conveying heat. See Flute.
  17. Soft down, fur, or hair; stuff.
  18. A small chimney leading into a larger; a passage for conveying smoke and flame from a fire; a tube or shaft for conveying heat, & c.

Usage examples for flue

  1. The case of too short a funnel is more general than would be imagined, and often found where one would not expect it; for it is not uncommon in ill- contrived buildings, instead of having a separate funnel for each fire- place, to bend and turn the funnel of an upper room so as to make it enter the side of another flue that comes from below. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  2. I've no doubt the reason it smokes so is, because that secret closet interferes with the flue. – I and My Chimney by Herman Melville
  3. These papers are examined in their presence, and if the number of votes given to any one do not constitute the majority, they are burnt in such a manner that the smoke, issuing through a flue, is visible to the crowd usually assembled in the square outside. – Walks in Rome by Augustus J.C. Hare
  4. The only easy remedy here, is to keep the opening shut of that flue in which there is no fire. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  5. On top of these was a steel plate that carried a funnel at its front and a flue pipe at its rear; the funnel was fed through small pipes from two cans, one containing water and the other containing discarded engine oil. – Coming of Age: 1939-1946 by John Cox
  6. Over and beneath boulders, squirming through bolt- holes and up flue- like openings, bruised and with bleeding hands, at last the top was reached, harsh with granite, and there to the right, on a gigantic splintered boulder which seemed to block the end of the ravine and to peer down into the blue bay below, was the crystal glinting in sunshine. – Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield
  7. Her doors were closed, but I knew from my examination in the morning that the flue of her fireplace tapped the chimney that rose from the drawing- room, and had nothing whatever to do with the library chimney. – The Siege of the Seven Suitors by Meredith Nicholson
  8. The only safe rule is to have a separate flue to each fire. – The American Woman's Home by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  9. To be sure, it was only through its products that her feelings were interested about the new flue, whereas the drawing- room carpet was a standing grievance. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  10. " Roberts stood out against the new flue as long as he could," said Mrs Morgan. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  11. This is placed in a shallow iron pan and dried on the hot iron boiler flue for at least 12 hours, being weighed before and after drying on scales reading to quarter ounces. – Steam, Its Generation and Use by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
  12. The efficiency of the furnace can be found by making analyses of the flue gases. – Engineering Bulletin No 1: Boiler and Furnace Testing by Rufus T. Strohm
  13. There was a great heap of dry logs in the fireplace, with pointed flames shooting out of its crevices and leaping into the gloomy, cave- like throat of the flue. – Alice of Old Vincennes by Maurice Thompson
  14. The winding wooden staircase was black as a flue. – A Crooked Mile by Oliver Onions
  15. The fire finds at last the weak point in the flue, and mischief is abroad. – Children of the Tenements by Jacob A. Riis